Amb. Nikki Haley was born on January 20, 1972 in Bamberg, South Carolina, to Sikh immigrants. Amb. Haley entered politics at a young age, and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for several years before becoming governor of the state. In addition to being the first female governor in South Carolina, she is the first Indian-American, and the second Indian-American governor in the country after Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana.
Amb. Haley has been described as a "strong supporter of the State of Israel". As Governor of South Carolina, she signed into law a bill to stop efforts of the BDS movement. This legislation was the first of its kind on a statewide level. Amb. Haley also stated that "nowhere has the UN’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel". In 2016, president-elect Trump picked Amb. Haley to become the United States ambassador to the United Nations, and she was confirmed for the position in January 2017.